Necessity Still Breeds Ingenuity - Archive of SQUALL MAGAZINE 1992-2006
McLibel - Dave Morris and Helen Steel
Helen Steel and Dave Morris vs corporate fast food giant. Photo: Nick Cobbing.


It all started when a small environmental group called London Greenpeace (no relation) published a leaflet called 'What's Wrong With McDonald's' in 1986 and began handing it out outside branches of the fast-food corporation. In 1990 McDonalds issued a libel writ against five members of London Greenpeace. Three formally apologied because legal aid doesn't cover libel cases, leaving two - Helen Steel and Dave Morris - who chose instead to represent themselves in court in a trial that turned out to be the longest-running libel case in British history...

Here are the main Squall articles about the McLibel trial, in chronological order...

The infamous trial re-starts after new-year recess, set to become the longest libel trial ever held in Britain - Squall 9, Jan/Feb 1995, page 6

McLibel Appeal For Assistance
Call-out to help fund two activists up against a mega-corporation - Squall 10, Summer 1995, page 8.

McMammon Special:

SQUALL shines a spotlight on McDonald's and the mighty stance taken by two activists who refused to back down - Jim Carey on the trail (in Squall 11, Autumn 1995).

44. Outing the Corporation
Deflating the corporate religion

45. The Motives Behind the Mask
The evidence on diet and deception - children identified as “virgin marketing ground”

45. The Diary Of A Stance
A timeline of the McLibel story going back a decade

49. Burger Bulldozing
Community vs trans-national corporation

50. Climbing Mountains
Talking to the heretics - the McLibel Two interviewed

54. The End of Capitulation
Critics of McDonald’s have been silenced through fear - perhaps now free speech may be rescued from its coffin

Gobbling The Rainforest
New evidence presented during the McLibel trial strengthens allegations that the McDonald's Corporation is implicated in the destruction of tropical rainforest. Jim Carey reports. - Squall 13, Summer 1996, page 20

Special Branch Help McDonald's
McLibel trial brings up information about Special Branch's surveillance on protesters and collusion with McDonald's. - Squall 14, Autumn 1996, page 9

McLibel Trial Latest
Now officially the longest court battle in British history - comes back from summer recess. - Squall 14, Autumn 1996, page 9

Big Mike & Fries
Michael Portillo lines up for McDonald's photo opportunity while historic building in his constituency gets flogged to McD's. - Squall 14, Autumn 1996, page 11

With the mammoth McLibel trial verdict pending, Squall has the update on the tenacious stance of Steel and Morris against the might of McDonald’s. - Squall 15, Summer 1997, page 21

McLibel Two Take Second Bite
Dave Morris and Helen Steel are off to the Court of Human Rights to appeal - Squall 16, Summer 1998, page 8

Fat Mac And Fries
New reports confirm what we already know about health and fast foods - April-1999

Aorta Attack
British people now eat more fast food than anyone else in Europe - Squall Download 1, Oct/Nov-1999

Still Getting Grilled
With the McLibel Two launching further legal volleys, anti-McDonald's campaigns across the world are attracting more popular support than ever - Nov-1999

Corporate Cops
A remarkable out-of-court police settlement with widespread implications for the relationship between big business and the police - 2000

A Proper Grilling
The McLibel trial and the legal aftermath reaches its climax at the end of 2004 - 12-Dec-2004

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